RRAD wins award for excellence

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By Adrienne Brown
RRAD Public Affairs Officer

RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, Texas - For the second consecutive year, Red River Army Depot has been named the depot category winner for the fiscal year 2017 Chief of Staff Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME).
This marks the fifth time the depot has won the award. In addition to winning the award in 2016, 2014, 2011 and 2008, the depot was also named runner up for AAME in 2013, 2010 and 2009.
Winning the AAME places the depot in competition for the Secretary of Defense Robert T. Mason Award, which Red River won twice in 2009 and 2006.
The 2017 award package focused on the M1977A4 Common Bridge Transporter Conversion Program at Red River. With pure drive and creativity, the Red River team solved a problem during the transition process of the A2 model of a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck to an A4 model of the same vehicle. The team conducted a pilot program using parts from the M1977A4 and the older M1977A2 to produce 134 transporters during the first fiscal year of the program.
During the process, the Red River team reduced the repair cycle time from 120 days to 88 days in the first nine months of production. As a result of the great success of the conversion program, Red River submitted a $3.3 million value engineering cost savings to its higher command, the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command.
“Winning the AAME or any award is truly a remarkable team effort,” said RRAD Commander Col. Stephen M. York. “I am very proud of each member of our depot team. Your commitment and tenacity is what makes Red River Army Depot so special.”
The AAME program competition is conducted each year and recognizes Army units and/or activities that have demonstrated excellence in maintenance operations. The award was established in 1982 by the Department of the Army, and provides an added incentive to maintenance organizations to continually improve their processes and business practices to more effectively support the nation’s Warfighters.
“Our team has decided they want to be best at maintaining equipment for our Joint Forces and receiving awards like this truly displays their commitment to excellence,” said RRAD Deputy Commander Patton Tidwell. “The Red River team continuously ensures that our Soldiers have what they need, whenever they need it.”
Including the AAME, the depot has a long list of awards, including: the 2016 Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Industrial Operations Safety Award; the 2016 Army Material Command Fire Department of the Year and being named a Voluntary Protection Star Status site under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Program.

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